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Acropora arabensis

Hodgson and Carpenter, 1995

Colonies are digitate with upright branches which usually divide infrequently and taper only towards their ends. Axial corallites are conspicuous and dome-shaped. Radial corallites are strongly appressed and thick walled, with small openings.

Colour: Brown or grey with pale branch ends.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Locally common.

Similar species: Acropora bushyensis , Acropora chesterfieldensis , Acropora ocellata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Hodgson and Carpenter (1995), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guide: Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acropora arabensis.  Kuwait.  Clump with straight branches which have strongly appressed radial corallites.  Peter Harrison.

Acropora arabensis.Kuwait.Clump with straight branches which have strongly appressed radial corallites.Peter Harrison.

Acropora arabensis.  Kuwait.  Colonies are usually small and compact.  Peter Harrison.

Acropora arabensis.Kuwait.Colonies are usually small and compact.Peter Harrison.

Acropora arabensis.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora arabensis.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora arabensis.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Acropora arabensis.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Acropora arabensis.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tips.

Acropora arabensis.Red Sea.Showing branch tips.